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2023

Many Women May Overestimate Risks From Genes Tied to Breast Cancer

Many Women May Overestimate Risks From Genes Tied to Breast CancerTUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women who carry mutations in genes known as BRCA have an elevated risk of breast cancer. But a large, new study suggests that risk may be lower than generally believed -- especially if a woman has no close relative with the disease.The study, of more than 400,000 British adults, found that women who carried mutations in either of two genes -- BRCA1 or BRCA2 -- had a higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer by age 60.But the absolute risk was significantly lower than most previous studies have reported -- as low as an 18% chance when no first-degree relative has had breast cancer.The findings, experts said, could help in giving women a more realistic view of their personal cancer risk. And in an age where people are doing at-home...

Fertility Issues? Ovulation Tests Can Help, Study Finds

19 September 2023
Fertility Issues? Ovulation Tests Can Help, Study FindsTUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new review of clinical trials with an eye toward successful conception affirms that timing is key when trying to get pregnant.The review found that using urine ovulation tests to time intercourse improved both birth and pregnancy rates in women under 40 who had been trying to get pregnant for less than a year.Using seven controlled trials involving more than 2,000 women or couples, the review found that timing intercourse around the fertile period using a urine ovulation test boosted the chances of pregnancy and live birth to between 20% to 28%, compared to 18% without using the tests."Many couples find it difficult to achieve a pregnancy, which can lead to concerns about their fertility,” said lead author Tatjana Gibbons, a researcher at...

Another School Sports Season: How to Lower Your Child's...

19 September 2023
Another School Sports Season: How to Lower Your Child`s Odds for InjuryTUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Playing sports can offer a lot of benefits for kids, but it’s also important to help protect them from injuries. Parents and coaches can make a big difference in helping kids play safely, according to Nemours Kids Health. The medical organization suggests starting with proper equipment. Use it, but also make sure the safety gear is the right size, fits well and is right for the sport. That includes helmets for baseball, softball, bike riding and hockey, as well as for inline skating or riding scooters and skateboards.Ask your child's coach about the appropriate helmets, shoes, mouth guards, athletic cups and supporters, and padding, Nemours advised. Also ask about protective eyewear for racquet sports, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball,...

Teen Drinking Much More Likely If Parents Binge Drink,...

15 September 2023
Teen Drinking Much More Likely If Parents Binge Drink, Study FindsFRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who drink too much, too often, may be influencing their teens to do the same, a new study finds."Adolescents whose parents binge drink had a four times greater chance of drinking alcohol themselves compared to adolescents whose parents did not binge drink, and so this study provides more evidence that binge drinking is not only harmful to the person drinking alcohol but also to others around them," said senior study author Marissa Esser, the lead of the alcohol program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Underage drinking is a dangerous problem. "It's associated with social problems issues in school, memory problems, and these teens are more likely to use other substances," Esser added.Excessive alcohol use is...

Early-Life Removal of Ovaries Could Bring Faster Aging

14 September 2023
Early-Life Removal of Ovaries Could Bring Faster AgingTHURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Premenopausal women who have surgery to remove the ovaries (oophorectomy) and fallopian tubes may face chronic medical conditions and a decline in physical functioning, new research warns.“The study is important because it emphasizes information that we already know, and that is that …premenopausal bilateral oophorectomy [PBO] is not good for women's health, and it's associated with increased odds of a number of chronic diseases,” said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, director of women's health at the Mayo Clinic, which led the study.Ovaries may be removed for a number of reasons, including cysts and endometriosis, a condition caused by uterine cells growing in other parts of the body. Women who test positive for the a certain BRCA gene mutation...
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